Amid the thousands of other storylines swirling around ahead of The Game, perhaps none was more important to the actual event on the field than the question of who is going to play quarterback for Michigan.
And now, we have a bit of a mild upset. Michigan’s Wilton Speight will start against the Buckeyes.
Speight was injured and left the game against Iowa, and his backup, John O’Korn, played the entire game against Indiana. Earlier reports indicated Speight had a broken collarbone, which would rule him out against the Buckeyes, but he also reportedly practiced during the week.
Either Speight has the real Wolverine working on the team medical staff, or his actual injury situation was a bit different than previously reported.
When healthy, Speight has been a very effective quarterback for Michigan, throwing for 2,156 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season, against only four interceptions. If O’Korn’s performance last week was an indication of what Michigan could expect with him under center, the Wolverine offense is unquestionably better and more dangerous with Speight under center.
But, starter or no, there’s a fair chance he won’t be completely 100% today, and his health will certainly be one of the storylines to watch, especially if he takes a hit or two.